Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Yesterday we went to see penguins.

We knew that these penguins lived on the beach, but we were shocked to see that they actually make their homes in the surrounding desert! They dig little nests in the ground with their feet. After waddling to the ocean and hunting for fish, they waddle back to their nests to feed their chicks. There is nothing more surreal than walking through a desert and seeing hundreds of penguins sticking out of holes in the dirt, or hiding under spiky bushes. Or, even better, standing right next to a guanaco (same family as llamas):

Nothing in the world is cuter than penguins. NOTHING. The comedian Jim Gaffigan once raved that bacon is so good, that when they want to make other foods better, they wrap it in bacon. Likewise, I think penguins are the bacon of the animal world. If you want to make anything better, get a penguin. Weddings, birthday parties, funerals - all could be made exponentially more fun by adding just a single penguin.  Even the way they poop is cute. They lean over a bit, pause, and suddenly a little green blob flies out and lands about 6 inches behind them. Pbbt! Done. Penguins don't fuck around.

We were also surprised to find out that penguins make braying sounds, just like donkeys. I had no idea - but then, penguins like to keep people guessing like that. You can never predict penguins. They are like ninjas.

I think it's pretty obvious that this has been the best part of our trip so far. Even the jungle doesn't compare, because there were no penguins. Get on that, JUNGLE.

You better look at these pictures, unless you want to be totally lame and not see any more penguins.

1 comment:

  1. Ha, do you remember when you, Vlad and I saw March of the Penguins?

    You and I were completely convinced it was a fun animated kids film; after 15 minutes of watching it we asked Vlad when the animation would begin, he looked at us with the *best* WTF face and said: "This is a documentary about penguins..." "Wait, it's not an animated film, with movie stars lending their voices...?" "... No ..." You and I looked at each other in complete astonishment, and Vlad said "Hm. I thought it was weird you guys wanted to see a documentary for FUN..."

    SUCH a cute documentary though =D